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12 days after Phailin uprooted towers, lakhs still remain in dark

With lakhs of people still spending their nights in darkness due disruption of power supply due to cyclone Phailin, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday asked the energy department to complete the task by 5 November.

‘The chief minister has directed to ensure power supply in all cyclone affected areas including Ganjam by 5 November,’ energy minister AK Sahu said after attending a meeting presided over by Patnaik.

Stating that the restoration work has been delayed due to intermittent rains following a well marked low pressure in the Bay of Bengal and the demand by the farmers to restore lines and poles fallen on the cultivated land, Sahu said despite this, efforts are on to provide alternative arrangements to install poles and draw lines.

The minister said that in Ganjam as many as 4 lakh electric poles have been damaged and the loss to electricity network has been more than 70 per cent of the total damage.  As per the estimate, the Energy Department has suffered maximum loss due to the cyclone and flood and around Rs 1,048.14 crore assistance has been sought from the Centre to restore power supply in the
affected areas.
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